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Group Design Project

Design principles



Modularity increases specialization.

  • More choice of products
  • Easier upgrades
  • Flexible spending
  • Variable design criteria






Information content refers to the amount of knowledge or skills that is required to use or operate a product. This includes both formal and informal knowledge and skills.
Low information content
Medium information content
High information content





Modularity reduces complexity.

  • Reduce critical failures
  • Easier maintenance
  • Less information content






Modularity increases functional independence.

  • More choice of materials
  • More functional options
  • More manufacturing and delivery options
  • Easier upgrades and maintenance






Designers study the information content and user interfaces of products in order to learn about:






Compare the information content and user interfaces of these products:
  1. Who can use the product without any user guides or instruction manuals?
  2. Are there situations or conditions when a user may have difficulty using the product?
  3. Are there any other products which the user must have in order to fully use this product?
  4. Which product is better for the environment when it is no longer usable?





Compare the information content and user interfaces of these products:
  1. Who can use the product without any user guides or instruction manuals?
  2. Are there situations or conditions when a user may have difficulty using the product?
  3. Are there any other products which the user must have in order to fully use this product?
  4. Which product is better for the environment when it is no longer usable?





Compare the information content and user interfaces of these products:
  1. Who can use the product without any user guides or instruction manuals?
  2. Are there situations or conditions when a user may have difficulty using the product?
  3. Are there any other products which the user must have in order to fully use this product?
  4. Which product is better for the environment when it is no longer usable?